Adam is in the “pearling capital” of Australia, Broome, looking forward to heading up to Cape Leveque, the northernmost tip of Western Australia. Many think of Far North Queensland as Australia’s tropical food hotspot, but he discovers that tropical food is also found in many Broome backyards, thanks to Asian pearlers.
A local Indigenous jam producer takes Adam to Cape Leveque, where he learns the importance of self-sufficiency in small Aboriginal communities, and sees that many businesses are putting community and conservation first. Adam collects wild gubinge, also known as Kakadu plum, mango and tamarind and makes ice-cream for the school kids. He is taken mudcrabbing at low tide along inland river beds, then investigates sustainable methods at a trochus hatchery, and plays deckhand on a pearling boat, tasting fresh pearl meat.
Adam cooks up chilli, tamarind and mango mud crab at a magnificent beach where red earth meets pure white sand and turquoise waters.
- Cygnet Bay Pearls, (08) 9192 4283, Cape Leveque Rd, Dampier Peninsula WA 6725
- Kooljaman wilderness camp, (08) 9192 4970, Cape Leveque WA 6725
- Mayi Harvests (gubinge jam), 0487 822 126, available at Mary Minyarl Centre, 20 Clementson St, Broome WA 6725
- One Arm Point Hatchery, (08) 9192 4930, firstname.lastname@example.org, One Arm Point community, Ardyaloon WA 6725
- Tagalong Tours, (08) 9192 4970 (bookings and enquiries through Kooljaman), Cape Leveque WA 6725